UCT Astronomy is dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, age, political opinion or religion. We do not tolerate harassment, in any form, of our staff, postdocs, students or visitors.
All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery should not be used at any time. This applies to presentations and posters at conferences and in meetings, but also to general conduct.
Be kind and respectful to others. Do not insult or put down others. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate.
Violations of this code may be reported to UCT Astronomy staff and/or the UCT Office for Inclusivity and Change, which could lead to possible disciplinary actions. In those cases the UCT Office for Inclusivity and Change will hear both parties involved on the shortest possible notice. Based on the outcome, further actions may be taken.
This code of conduct has been adapted from the Dwingeloo code of conduct, and is based on one originally designed for an astronomy conference in London, adapted by Andrew Pontzen and Hiranya Peiris from a document by Software Carpentry, which itself derives from original Creative Commons documents by PyCon and Geek Feminism.